"Good For Food"
January 21, 2009
So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was a delight to the eyes, and that the tree was to be desired to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate, and she also gave some to her husband who was with her, and he ate. Genesis 3:6
Hot dogs, apple pie, and Chevrolet.
Those are some of the things residents of the United States are supposed to trust and love.
Added to that list, at least for many, would be peanut butter. It's tasty, nutritious, and loaded with all kinds of stuff that's supposed to be good to you.
This is why many of us have been shocked to find that good ole peanut butter is probably responsible for a nationwide Salmonella outbreak. So far 425 people in 43 states have gotten sick from eating the stuff. (The peanut butter was processed by the Peanut Corporation of America at its plant in Blakely, GA. It is sold in bulk packaging to distributors for institutional and food service industry use. None of the recalled peanut butter is sold directly to consumers through retail stores.)
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said if you have peanut butter possibly originating from this Georgia plant, you should dispose of it.
Even so, I wonder, "If you can't trust peanut butter, what or whom can you trust?" Eve probably asked the same question after she listened to Satan and ate the good-looking fruit hanging from the forbidden tree.
Whom can you trust? That's easy.
We can trust God. We can trust Him absolutely, completely, totally. A few thousand years of history shows Him as one who never lets people down. If He makes a promise, He keeps it. If He makes a prophecy, it is fulfilled.
If He says those who believe on His Son as their Savior are forgiven and redeemed, then they are. You can take that to the bank.
A God in whom a person can trust -- in a world where nothing else is absolutely sure or reliable, it's a good thing to know Him.
THE PRAYER: Heavenly Father, today I pray for those who have been made ill by eating the wrong thing. Certainly, I pray for those who are ill from tainted peanut butter, but I also pray for those who are eating out of the devil's hand. May their eyes be opened and their souls be brought to faith. In Jesus' Name, I ask it. Amen.
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Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries